So, some work had the gall
to be a Genre-Killer
in some fashion. But then some work comes along and manages to revitalize that entire genre! That of course would be the Genre Relaunch
. Commonalities in a relaunch include Reconstruction
, a Genre Throw Back
, a retool
, or being an exceptionally good work.
- Moulin Rouge! brought back the movie musical after the disaster that was Hello, Dolly!.
- Grease did it before Moulin Rouge way back in 1978.
- The updated X-Men film franchise brought redemption to the superhero movie industry after the travesty of the Schumacher Batman films.
- The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise made pirates fun for the twenty-first century (although its influence has mostly been in literature rather than in more films).
- The Disaster Movie genre was left for dead by 1980, but experienced a resurgence in 1996 with Roland Emmerich's Independence Day.
- 3D movies have had this a few times - the most recent in the 2000s, first with IMAX 3D, then animated flicks such as The Polar Express, and culminating in 2009's Avatar.
- The Lord of The Rings trilogy directed by Peter Jackson, it can be said, effectively brought High Fantasy (or perhaps even Medieval European Fantasy) in general to the attention of film audiences, but results from attempted films of this genre have been mixed, on one hand, we got successes like The Chronicles of Narnia. On the other; commercial flops like Eragon.
- There'd hardly been any Sword And Sandal epic movies since Cleopatra had come out in 1963. Then along came a little film called Gladiator in 2000, and the genre became big again.
- This happened at least twice in the Game Show genre:
- Jeopardy! helped re-popularized quiz-type game shows, which were previously thought dead after the rigging scandals of the 1950s. In fact, the show's signature "answer and question" format was inspired by a discussion between creator Merv Griffin and his wife about those very scandals. Between the 1950s and Jeopardy!'s debut, most game shows were either Panel Games or very low-stakes parlor games such as Password.
- After a rather dormant period in the late 1990s, the genre got another major reboot in 1999 with the success of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? The show revitalized the entire genre and was the Trope Maker for many game show elements in use today — All or Nothing money ladders, Lifelines, dramatic sets and music, Commercial Break Cliffhangers and of course, massive payoffs. This led to the Who Wants To Be Who Wants To Be A Millionaire trope.
- As mentioned on the Genre-Killer page, the once great genre of British telefantasy was pretty much killed by Crime Traveller (some might argue that it was killed by the cancellation of Doctor Who, and Crime Traveller was just a death rattle). Since Doctor Who's revival in 2005 showed that there's still a vast audience for SF&F, we've had Primeval, Merlin, Life On Mars, Ashes to Ashes, Torchwood, Being Human, the Discworld TV movies...
- The point of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was to do this for classical art.